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*Update: David Brewer close to LAUSD exit deal, sources say

December 8, 2008 | 10:34 am

Updated at 12:03 p.m.

L.A. schools Supt. David L. Brewer is close to a deal to resign after serving two years of a four-year contract as head of the nation's second-largest school system, according to sources inside the Los Angeles Unified School District. (Check out full story here.)

District officials have confirmed that L.A. schools Supt. David L. Brewer will make an announcement about his future at 2 p.m. at the downtown headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Brewer was the target last week of an effort to unseat him led by Board of Education President Monica Garcia. Garcia pulled back, however, when she learned that board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte would not return from a previously scheduled out-of-town trip to an education conference. LaMotte is the elected board's only African American member and Brewer, too, is African American, and Garcia didn't want to stoke the city's ethnic politics.

Brewer will not be resigning outright, district sources told The Times. Nor has he yet concluded a deal with the school board, which is scheduled to meet in closed session Tuesday. But Brewer is expected to signal his understanding that a majority of the seven-member school board wants to move in a different direction.

Under terms of his contract, Brewer would be entitled to 18 months severance, an amount estimated at about $500,000. His compensation package includes a $300,000 salary, $45,000 for expenses and a $3,000 monthly housing allowance.

--Howard Blume

Photo: Los Angeles Times file